Photo: The Bojan Krkic snapshot which best describes his superb afternoon

Stoke City defeated Southampton 1-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic was an instrumental figure on Saturday afternoon as his side impressively defeated Southampton 1-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium.

After a rather slow start to the season, the Potters have improved greatly in recent weeks and are starting to show signs of why many observers have tipped them for a top half finish.

They headed into their clash with the Saints having won four of their previous six Premier League matches and their confidence showed as they sprayed the ball around effortlessly.

Ronald Koeman’s side are certainly no pushovers, yet on Saturday they were at times outclassed by Stoke and forward Bojan Krkic in particular had an outstanding afternoon.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesDispossessedTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Bojan 1 2 3 0 44 27 2 71

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Barcelona star was heavily involved in a number of key areas and ultimately scored the winner for his side with a crisp finish.

Bojan, a product of the famous La Masia academy, boasts an abundance of ability as his close ball control, neat footwork and overall footballing intelligence often dumfounds his opponents.

Aside from his goal, the talented forward took two shots, created three chances via key passes and was impeccable in possession, completing 27 accurate passes and not losing the ball once.

The photo below best describes his performance, one of measured control and skill as Southampton found little means of stopping him other than bringing him down via a foul.

Stoke have come a long way since they were tarnished as a long-ball outfit, with Bojan and former Bayern Munich ace Xherdan Shaqiri providing flair and excitement on a regular basis.

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